Last Friday we started out on our camping adventure to Watkins Glen. We went with another family and had a FANTASTIC time.
To prepare for the trip, I made TONS of fried chicken & the potato dish (delicious fat filled potato goodness...I need to do a blog post on that easy family recipe someday...YUM) on Thursday. I thought I had made way too much chicken, but every piece was eaten and they LOVED it. I also premade taco meat and froze it so we could just reheat it over the fire for tacos in a bag.
I started packing the car Thursday night and I was concerned that everything would not fit. My trunk is large, but we had a lot of stuff to pack in it. My husband likes to call me the packing queen. By the time I was done filling the trunk and backseat, every nook and cranny of the trunk was filled in (should have took a photo...it was funny) and the kids had just enough room to sit. And before people think the kids were unsafe in the backseat, they had all the sleeping bags (5 of them total....4 reg & 1 queen) and all 4 pillows back there. They loved the fact they had somewhere to rest their head during the trip.
Ok, so to keep it real.
Tent camping is interesting to say the least. Ian slept on a twin air mattress, Jeff & I were on a queen air mattress and Lily slept on a pool float (don't judge, it which worked out perfectly for a 3yr old). The first night sleep was awful. I slept TERRIBLE and so did my husband. I could not get my brain to turn off. It was cool, but sticky and 1/2 the time you were hot. I was MISERABLE. The crickets drove me NUTS. Between the cricket noise and my skin feeling itchy due to the stickiness, I wanted to crawl out of my own skin. When I finally fell asleep my kids woke up. The kids seemed to take turns waking up. Thankfully the next 2 nights were much better and I relaxed some....bourbon & diet coke helped, too. ;)
Day 2 we went to Corning. More on that tomorrow.